HUD - VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The incumbent is a professional social worker and functions as a Case Manager for the Eastern Colorado Health Care System's HUD-VASH Program. This program falls within the Homeless Program of the Care Management and Social Work Services Care Line. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going tohttp://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Grade Determinations: GS-12 Experience/Education-The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty Licensure/Certification- Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities- In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. Must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. Social Worker must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the Social Worker or others. Social Worker must be able to pass VA requirements for operation of a government vehicle. ["Duties and skills needed to be successful in this position include, but are not limited to: Incumbent will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members. Incumbent is an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. Incumbent will provide appropriate services based Veterans' needs, acuity level, and preferences for care. Veterans will be reassessed on a regular basis, no less than quarterly and in accordance with local policy, for changes in their needs, acuity level, and preferences for care. These will be documented in MH Suite. Incumbent will utilize Housing First, Harm Reduction, and recovery principles and other evidence-based practice models to promote Veteran engagement and self-efficacy. Incumbent will provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate. Incumbent will provide consultation/education to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits. Incumbent will act as a consultant to other team/staff members. Incumbent will act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed. Incumbent will provide case management to veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care. Incumbent will provide a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice and with clinical supervision, which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. Incumbent will address Advance Directives and Organ Donation in accordance with the standards of their work area. Incumbent will provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate Patient/family support groups as appropriate. Incumbent will coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for veterans. Incumbent will participate in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the service manager. Incumbent will maintain data and statistical compilations to comply with JC, CARF, VA and medical center policy and procedures. With clinical supervision, the incumbent will assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death. Incumbent will document social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care. Incumbent will maintain familiarity and responsibility for all performance measures relating to the HUD-VASH Program. Performs other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Telework: Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.